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ERIC Number: ED514365
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Nov
Pages: 90
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
University Tuition, Consumer Choice and College Affordability: Strategies for Addressing a Higher Education Affordability Challenge. A NASULGC Discussion Paper
McPherson, Peter; Shulenburger, David
National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges
With passage of the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008, the Higher Education Act (HEA) is now reauthorized. What effect will it have on U.S. higher education? Students receiving Pell grants will find that college is more affordable while those who feared that the government would exert control over learning outcomes have breathed a sigh of relief. The bill's primary response to the annual increases in tuition is to publicly shame colleges and universities with the highest increases. However, the HEA creates significant additional costs to colleges and universities. Provisions that eliminated large numbers of regulations and reporting requirements were the only way HEA could have reduced pressure on tuition increases without causing long-term distortions harmful to higher education and its students. The higher education community is aware that continued high rates of tuition increase are not in the best interest of students and is working to keep higher education affordable. Through NASULGC (National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges), the public research universities of this country have begun a serious, long-range dialogue about keeping public higher education affordable. To promote that dialogue, the authors wrote this analytical paper and revised it based on conversations with their members. Appendices include: (1) The Monetary Returns to Earning the College Degree; (2) Carnegie Sample Description; and (3) Rational for Preference for the Higher Education Cost Adjustment (HECA). (Contains 16 tables, 18 figures, and 107 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Higher Education Act 1980; Pell Grant Program